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The inimitable Russell Brand brings his trademark humour to the classic children's tale, in this beautiful edition fully illustrated by the award-winning Children's Laureate Chris Riddell
Comedian Russell Brand is an international phenomenon. As well as starring in movies such as Get Me to the Greek, Forgetting Sarah Marshall and Despicable Me, he is also the author of six books including the Sunday Times bestselling memoir My Booky Wook and Revolution. In 2011 Brand was awarded the Outstanding Contribution to Comedy Award at the British Comedy Awards. He toured his most recent stand-up show The Messiah Complex worldwide. He regularly writes for the Guardian and recently guest-edited an issue of the New Statesman. Illustrator Chris Riddell is a Costa prize-winning illustrator, author and the current Children's Laureate. He has worked as a political cartoonist for the Economist, the Independent and the Observer and has achieved international success through his collaboration with Paul Stewart (The Edge Chronicles). He has illustrated an exceptional range of books and is winner of many illustration awards, including the UNESCO Prize and the Greenaway Medal and also writes and creates his own books, such as the highly-acclaimed Ottoline and the Costa prize winning Goth Girl.
* He attacks his first children's book with full force, coloring the story in with humorous asides, witty turns of phrase and a few choice nuggets of sage wisdom. Illustrator Riddell is just as sharp, filling the book with eye-popping illustrations and beautiful colouring ... More important is Brand's treatment of the buffoons and bullies that occupy Hamelin: His takes on religion, sexism, consumerism and self-esteem are just as important to the text as the classic tale it's based on. His opinions are as easy to discern as many a conservative pundit's, though very much on the other side of the political spectrum. A smart, funny, iconoclastic take on an old classic Kirkus Reviews * Russell Brand's new book is a must-buy. Making his children's literature debut, Russell adds his magic to the tale of the legendary rat catcher, accompanied by mesmerising illustrations from Chris Riddell OK! Magazine * Every page is crowded with brightly coloured, immaculately illustrated characters Independent * When it comes to pleasure for readers, Brand's genuinely original sparky prose delivers ... It's damn good fun Big Issue * The story is sassy, whimsical, a bit rude at times, and just as much fun for adult readers as well as kids. The illustrations are colorful and wildly expressive Childrens Book Chat blog